New Reykjavik Coalition Majority Announced - The Reykjavik Grapevine

New Reykjavik Coalition Majority Announced

Published June 12, 2018

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Art Bicnick

A coalition agreement was reached between the Social Democrats, the Reform Party, the Pirates and the Left-Greens for leading Reykjavík City Council. Dagur B. Eggertsson of the Social Democrats will continue to be the Mayor of Reykjavík.

At a press conference given at East Reykjavík’s Breiðholts­laug pool, the agreement also outlined that Dóra Björt Guðjónsdóttir of the Pirate Party will be chairperson of City Council, but Pawel Bartoszek of the Reform Party will take over from her down the line. Líf Magneudóttir will lead a new Environmental and Regional Committee for City Council, and Þórdís Lóa Þórhallsdóttir of the Reform Party will be Council President.

Dagur has been Mayor of Reykjavík since 2014, in the wake of a successful coalition with the Best Party, then led by Jón Gnarr.

As reported, there are 23 seats in Reykjavík City Council; up from 15 seats during the last term. Within this new coalition, the Social Democrats have the largest share, with seven in all. The Reform Party and the Pirates each have two seats, while the Left-Greens have one.

The addition of eight more seats on Reykjavík City Council and 16 parties in the running undoubtedly played a role in these results. These elections also saw a record number of immigrants in the running, many of them in competitive positions in their respective parties.

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